Top 10 Things to Do This Week

Indulge in retail therapy at the Dubai Shopping Festival, hit Meydan for race season and bring in the New Year with Rita Ora
Wednesday , 26 December 2012
Dubai Shopping Festival
Thursday 3 January to Sunday 3 February
Dubai Shopping Festival Thursday 3 January to Sunday 3 February
Nicki Minaj
Friday 28 December
Nicki Minaj Friday 28 December
New Year’s Day Breakfast at The Bonnington
Tuesday 1 January
New Year’s Day Breakfast at The Bonnington Tuesday 1 January
Rehab: NYE Special at XL Beach Club
Monday 31 December
Rehab: NYE Special at XL Beach Club Monday 31 December
Meydan Races
Thursday 3 January
Meydan Races Thursday 3 January
Burj Khalifa Fireworks
Monday 31 December
Burj Khalifa Fireworks Monday 31 December
Cirque du Soir
Cirque du Soir
Sandance with Rita Ora
Sandance with Rita Ora
Sax Club
Sax Club
Free Burritos at Taqado
Free Burritos at Taqado

Dubai Shopping Festival
Thursday 3 January to Sunday 3 February

Only in Dubai could there be a festival for shopping! Expect the city to be transformed in to a haven of offers, discounts and prizes. Events, concerts and fashion shows will also be in the line up, all to encourage everyone to spend, spend, spend! It’s the 18th year the event has been held, and it’s aimed at both locals and tourists. Race you to the mall!
INFO: 3 January to 3 February, 04 445 5642, www.dubaishoppingfestival2013.com.

Nicki Minaj
Friday 28 December
The kooky American rapper is heading to Dubai for the first time, and will perform at Atelier at Meydan Racecourse. She’s excited to see us too, tweeting, “We’re making a stop in Dubai. Yay.” Expect crazy costumes, pink wigs and neon makeup. We know she’s going to bring the same diva attitude she’s brought to American Idol this year. We just hope her former rival/now bestie, Mariah Carey, decides to come too!
INFO: Dhs450 (standard), Dhs650 (VIP), 056 6752 1813, www.theatelierworld.com.

New Year’s Day Breakfast at The Bonnington
Tuesday 1 January

It’s likely most of the diners heading here won’t have been home, so will be very much in need of the gourmet buffet breakfast. There’s also the option to upgrade to a package including a morning-after tipple. Or if you’re off to bed first, there is a brunch on offer from 12.30pm.
INFO: Dhs110 (breakfast), Dhs155 (Bloody Marys), Dhs149 (brunch), 6.30am to 11am, Cavendish Restaurant, The Bonnington, JLT, Dubai, 04 356 0600, www.bonningtontower.com.

Rehab: NYE Special at XL Beach Club
Monday 31 December

A mammoth 16-hour celebration is planned at the trendy club, with American rapper Flo Rida and European DJ Yves Larock playing. A pool party will kick off the action at noon, and a BBQ Brunch will be available from 4pm. A fireworks display at midnight will light up the sky. We love Flo!
INFO: Dhs395, 12pm to 4am, XL Beach Club, Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa, Dubai, 04 399 5000, www.accentureinvestment.com.


 

Meydan Races
Thursday 3 January
And they’re off! Race season is now underway at Meydan, with the latest meeting coming up next week. The plush racecourse grew from Dubai’s old sandy camel racing track, but now the races feature some of the world’s best horses and jockeys. There are six per night and you can also buy dining packages.
INFO: Free (general admission), Dhs25 (premium seating), Dhs75 (parade ring lounge), Gates open 5pm, 04 327 0077, www.dubairacingclub.com.

Burj Khalifa Fireworks
Monday 31 December

If you’ve got folks in town and fancy splashing out on a New Year’s Eve to remember, At.mosphere in world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, is the place to be. You’ll be literally at the heart of the action, as the fireworks will be shooting off the side of the mammoth tower!
INFO: 6pm to 1am, Dhs1,000 minimum spend per person (window table), Dhs250 minimum spend per person (other tables), 04 888 3444, www.atmosphereburjkhalifa.com.



Cirque du Soir
Monday 31 December

We might be 13,000km away from Las Vegas, but you can party in the entertainment capital of the world this New Year’s Eve thanks to Dubai superclub Cirque du Soir. Expect Elvis, showgirls and plenty of glamour. The club also says, “what happens in Cirque du Soir, stays in Cirque du Soir.”Oooh!
INFO: Dhs950 (women), Dhs1,150 (men), Fairmont Dubai, 056 115 4507, www.cirquedusoirdubai.com.

Sandance
Monday 31 December

Rita Ora and Ellie Goulding will entertain while superstar DJs Paul Van Dyk, Roger Sanchez and Zane Lowe will also take to the decks as you dance on the sand. We’ll see you there!
INFO: Dhs295 (regular) Dhs500 (VIP), 4pm to 4am, Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai, 055 200 4321, www.sandance.ae.

Sax Club
Monday 31 December

If you’re looking for a last-minute place to party in Abu Dhabi this New Year’s Eve, Sax Club is holding a Midnight Wonderland party. Resident Georges Chahid will be joined by guest star Antonella from Beiruit.
INFO: 9pm to 3.30am, Dhs200, Le Royal Meridian Abu Dhabi, 050 6630 753, www.facebook.com/saxabudhabi.

Free Burritos at Taqado
Mexican Kitchen
Friday 28 December

Wish the team “Inocente palomita” and get a free mini burrito to mark Day of the Innocents. We don’t mind if we do.
INFO: 10am to 10pm, Taqado Mexican Kitchen, Mall of the Emirates, 04 385 1171, www.taquado.com.